The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center's latest exhibition, “Art to the Rescue,” helps raise money for an equine charity while featuring artists from across the country. The exhibition is …
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The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center's latest exhibition, “Art to the Rescue,” helps raise money for an equine charity while featuring artists from across the country.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. On the first day of the exhibit Sept. 7, some pieces were sold. The proceeds will go to the nonprofit Drifter's Hearts of Hope, a Franktown charity dedicated to rescuing horses destined for slaughter.
The idea for the art exhibit came from a collaboration between the charity and curator Rose Fredrick, curator of the Coors Western Art Show and Sale. It's the second time Drifter's Hearts of Hope has raised money through the art show, but the first time under the direction of Fredrick as a curator and the name “Art to the Rescue.”
“We're horse country and we had the opportunity to get to know the folks at Drifter's Hearts of Hope and loved the cause and how hard they worked and thought we could help,” said curator Rose Fredrick. “Plus, just being in the countryside, for all of us it was near and dear to our heart and seemed like a nice fit.”
The show features a variety of landscape and equine-themed artwork. The last show from Drifter's Hearts of Hope raised about $18,000.
The Drifter's Hearts of Hope organization has saved more than 320 horses from slaughter, according to a press release. Most of the horses are purchased at livestock auctions by “kill buyers” to be slaughtered and sold as horse meat. The organization rehabilitates, trains and rehomes these horses.
“Having an art show that is equine-based brings awareness to the cause,” said Jacqui Avis, co-founder and president of Drifter's Hearts of Hope. “The Parker community just seemed like the right fit.”
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